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Chief of Party

Chief of Party

Job Overview

  • Experience Level Manager
  • Total Years Experience 10-20

Job Description

The Chief of Party (COP) provides overall leadership and strategic direction to a large, complex financial operation. The COP upholds the long-term vision and mission, provides access to finance for small and medium enterprises to create jobs and contribute to local economic development. The COP actively builds strategic partnerships with banking and SME sector with an objective to expand existing operations, build local capacities and ensure higher impact in the long term.


  • Provides leadership and strategic direction to the project and the team.
  • Provides overall management responsibility for a loan guarantee facility aimed at mobilizing medium to long term bank financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • Builds relationships with potential donors (traditional and non-traditional) and strategic partners. 
  • Designs and implements innovative technical assistance program that provides training directly to SMEs, with the objective of increasing their ability to access finance. 
  • Leads and directs departmental operations and staff.
  • Undertakes all other duties and projects as may be assigned from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven successful management of the design and delivery of credit capacity building programs for commercial banks in developing countries.
  • Proven in-depth knowledge of the Egyptian SME sector and the developmental, political, and business climate issues in Egypt.
  • Proven extensive skills in cash flow based lending to SMEs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum design and developing training materials, including a Trainer of Trainer (Tot) module. 
  • Experience leading workshops and trainings for SME capacity building and development.
  • Proven ability to successfully mentor and develop professional staff.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including the ability to effectively deploy resources and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and sound judgment. Proven willingness to make timely and sound decisions based on accurate judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to conduct meetings, write reports, and speak in a public forum. 
  • Superior diplomatic and negotiation skills. Ability to present and discuss technical information in the context of the business.
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment and the ability to respond rapidly to changing environments.
  • English fluency required. Fluency in Arabic preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with MS Office applications.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents and ability to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard.

Required Experience:

  • At least ten years’ experience managing bank SME lending activities or SME access to finance programs in developing countries, with a minimum of seven years in Egypt. Experience as managing international donor-funded financial sector or enterprise development projects in region/country a plus.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Master’s degree in economics, business administration, finance, or related field.
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